Facebook finally named its replacement for former Vice President and Managing Director for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa Joanna Shields, who left the social network last October: Karmarama Executive Chairman Nicola Mendelsohn is on board as VP for the EMEA region.
Nothing about working in the finance area of Facebook suggests that it is a career steppingstone with the ultimate goal of landing a job with the National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers, but former Vice President of Finance Cipora Herman joined the football team as chief financial officer, following former Facebook CFO Gideon Yu, who was named the club’s president last year.
Facebook Vice President and Managing Director for Europe, the Mideast, and Africa Joanna Shields became the latest passenger on the train carrying high-profile executives departing the social network, as she announced that she will join Tech City Investment Organisation, a venture sponsored by the U.K. government and aimed at helping London’s East End create its version of Silicon Valley.
Access to safe drinking water is taken for granted, but nearly 800 million people lack it, and Unilever, Population Services International, developer Betapond, and Facebook set out to remedy that with their announcement at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival in France of open graph application Waterworks.
With the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London set to begin July 27 and run through Aug. 12, Facebook created a portal page, Explore London 2012 on Facebook, which provides links to the Facebook pages of Olympic athletes, teams, and sports.
Facebook opened its first office in the Arab sector of the Middle East, in Dubai, with the hopes of stoking advertising opportunities to target its 45 million users in the Middle East and North Africa.
If you’ve ever glanced at the perks Facebook employees get, that might be clue enough as to why executives from other companies are shifting allegiance to Facebook. Last week it was Google’s David Fischer, whose predecessor, Sheryl Sandberg, also moved to Facebook. Several other Googlers have come over to Facebook. This week, it’s ex-Bebo president Joanna Shields, who’s joining Facebook as sales and development VP of Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA).